Judge Thomas M. Hardiman (W.D. Pa.) is quite the judicial wunderkind. He was appointed to the federal trial bench before the age of 40. And now, after less than three years of service as a district judge, he may be in line for a promotion:
Thomas M. Hardiman, 41, who became a judge in the Western District of Pennsylvania in October 2003, could fill a vacancy created on the appeals court after Richard L. Nygaard, of Erie, became a senior judge last summer.
His colleagues have nice things to say about him: "an absolute star," who is "intelligent, hard-working and willing to listen." (But this comment, from former Chief Judge Donald Ziegler, sounds a trifle backhanded: Hardiman turned out to be a "very, very pleasant surprise on the District Court.")
Interesting tidbit: Judge Hardiman worked as a taxi driver before attending law school.
"Um, the far corner, please. Yeah, right here is just fine. Can I get twelve back, Your Honor?"
Judge Hardiman considered for federal appeals post [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
U.S. judge here eyed for court of appeals [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
(Robe swish: How Appealing)